SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month for March is Toronto multi-instrumentalist, Desarae Dee. Dubbed “Toronto’s Fusion Pianist” by BUZZMUSICLA, she is widely known for her unconventional and spontaneous playing style. Often compared to the likes of Robert Glasper, she has the unique ability to fuse together many musical styles while creating unique, unusual chord structures and powerful melodic lines, which has given her the range to share the stage with some of Toronto’s biggest and brightest stars. Simultaneously giving you everything you need to hear and something you’ve never heard before, Desarae captures your attention within seconds of listening to her music. She stands against the rest, with her both ambient and driving sounds that transcend expectations and create an almost otherworldly atmosphere.
Since her debut as an artist in 2014, she has released three EPs and 15 singles with radio play on various Canadian and American radio stations. Her music has landed on multiple Spotify playlists, and has been featured in multiple music blogs such as BUZZMUSICLA, Big/Sound Blog, Fresh: Hip-Hop & RnB, Bitter Lip Media, just to name a few. She was a featured musical artist on YESTV’s Outside The Box with Sheldon Neil and was a headliner for Canadian Music Week and Sofar Sounds Toronto. Her musical gift and strong work ethic has afforded her the opportunity to work with international artists MattB and NAACP & Stellar Award Winner, Sean C. Johnson.
Get to know SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month for March, Desarae Dee.
Art form/creative discipline: Instrumental music artist
What has been your biggest creative/professional accomplishment so far?
My biggest accomplishment thus far as an artist has been being featured as a guest artist on a TV series with YesTV called Outside The Box with Sheldon Neil.
Who are your biggest creative inspirations?
My biggest musical inspirations are Alicia Keys, Oscar Peterson, Chopin and Robert Glasper.
If money wasn’t an option I’d be…
Playing my music in different countries and hosting educational and empowerment workshops for up and coming female musicians.
In 5 years I will be…
One of the top woman musicians in the world.
Something everyone should know about me is…
That I’m an elementary school teacher and I play 15 different instruments.
If I could give one piece advice to my fellow creators it would be…
To be consistent. Consistency is key and it will bring you success. From your presence on social media to putting out material is important if you want to be seen by key players in the industry. Find something that is worth sharing and that your audience will connect with that will make them come back for more. Most important, be an IMPACT. Who are you inspiring? Who are you influencing? These are the people that will support you and help share your content.
Recent and upcoming projects:
Current single release is “Change is Good” featuring Becca Toft
Click here to apply to be SHIFTER’s Artist of the Month.